50 Facts About the History of Santa Claus Around The World

Like most kids who grew up in the US, I became fascinated with Santa Claus from a very early age. From his fuzzy red suit and his long white hair and beard to the reindeer who pulled his sleigh, this jolly old elf who distributed presents to kids all around the world was a larger-than-life legend. But unlike other children, I never really grew out of my interest…

75 Christmas Traditions Around the World (with Fun Christmas Facts)

It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas traditions, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations. In fact, it’s the one time of year that we simply refuse to travel. But even we didn’t know much about how Christmas is celebrated around the world until we began researching this story…

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For Travellers.

It’s almost Christmas time again and by now everyone is looking for that perfect gift for their loved ones. The problem is what do you buy for the backpacker or traveller in your life? How do you know what they would actually want or find useful on the road…

Cruising the European Christmas Markets of the Danube River

A dream we had for years was to visit some of the Christmas markets of Europe. While cruising may not be everyone’s top travel choice, a European river cruise along the Danube River is the perfect way to see many of Europe’s Christmas markets without having to fly or drive long distances and stay at multiple hotels. During our European Christmas market cruise with Viking River Cruises, we were able to visit the Christmas markets of Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), and Passau, Regensburg, and …

90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo Gallery)

90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo Gallery) originally appeared on Green Global Travel.90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade I’ve been dreaming of seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ever since I was a young boy, watching the annual broadcast from the cozy comfort of my family’s living room in Atlanta. Despite the fact that it took me 48 years to make that dream come true, there was no shortage of child-like awe and…

Happy Christmas!

As 2015 comes to a close I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who have read and supported Bemused Backpacker over the last year and say a huge Happy Christmas to all of you. Seriously, I cannot do any of this without any of you out there taking the time to read everything I write, so thank you. 2015 has been a pretty epic year…

3G Christmas on Little Corn Island

Greetings, I’m back home on the Corn Islands off the coast of Nicaragua in the beautiful Caribbean Sea; oh how it feels good to be home! I’m on a 3G connection on Little Corn Island and I still can’t believe it; feels like only yesterday it was nothing but edge… That said, there is nowhere I’d rather be right now than at home with the folks and family but such is life when you lead one like this,  yes? The year 2014 was a good one for yours truly …